By a Front Row Features Staff Reporter
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will honor legendary father and son film icons Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner during a hand and footprint ceremony at the world-famous TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood during the eighth annual TCM Classic Film Festival on Friday, April 7. TCM will celebrate the storied careers of the father and son duo who have collectively worked in the industry for over a century and amassed countless accolades along the way. This marks the first occasion that a father and son have jointly been honored with a hand and footprint ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX.
Industry titan Carl Reiner has been a celebrated director and comedic performer for more than 70 years, gaining a loyal following for his sketch comedy work alongside Sid Caesar and Mel Brooks and for directing such beloved films as “Oh, God!” (1977), “Dead Men Don’t War Plaid” (1982), “Where’s Poppa?” (1970), “The Jerk” (1979) and for creating and writing the now-classic TV sitcom “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” for which he collected multiple Emmys during his career. He also guest starred on that series playing Rob’s mercurial boss Alan Brady.
Filmmaker and political activist Rob Reiner has had an equally illustrious career, from his Emmy-award winning role on the revered television sitcom “All in the Family” (where he starred as Michael “Meathead” Stivic) to his work behind the camera, directing such American cinematic classics as “This Is Spinal Tap” (1984), “Stand by Me” (1986), “The Princess Bride” (1987), “When Harry Met Sally” (1989) and “A Few Good Men” (1992). Renowned for his staunch support of civil rights, Reiner is a co-founder of the American Foundation for Equal Rights and has long lent his support to non-profits that address social and environmental issues.
“Carl Reiner is a genuine comedy pioneer, a breakthrough artist from Hollywood’s golden era,” said TCM host Ben Mankiewicz, who also serves as the official host of the TCM Classic Film Festival, in a statement. “It’s never easy following in the footsteps of a force as innovative and creative as that, but Rob found his own way to success, as an actor, first as a vital part of the social relevance of All in the Family, then as thoughtful director and producer of both comedies and dramas. There’s is a family that belongs forever imprinted in Hollywood history.”
This marks the seventh consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the legendary TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. In 2011, Last year’s recipient was Oscar winning filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (the “Godfather” trilogy).